United Way raises less than year ago

January 22, 1993

The United Way campaign in Howard County ended its four-month 1992 fund-raising drive with a total of $2,200,000, a decrease from last year's total of $2,400,000.

H. Joseph Engle, chairman of the board and president of Allied Signal Technical Services Corp., served as the campaign's volunteer chairman.

Despite the decline in money raised, organizers were pleased.

"The recession really was a worry, but to raise over $2 million in the county, we think it's a very good number," said Steve Duly, public relations officer with Allied Signal.

Some of the largest local contributors included TCOM, a Columbia company that manufactures radar devices, which raised $37,058; ADVO Inc., which raised $22,177 and gave a corporate gift of $2,000; and Howard Community College, which raised $16,712.

First-time donations totaling $30,318 came from 13 businesses, including Home Depot, Head Sportswear, Associates Financial Services and Bennett World Travel.

Some of the local agencies that will benefit from the United Way include, the Howard County Association for Retarded Citizens and Family and Children's Services.

The United Way of Central Maryland announced this week that (( the private sector had raised $31.3 million for its 1992 campaign.

The donations came from workplace campaigns, corporate gifts, foundations and individuals. Donations from federal, state and local government workers won't be tallied until the end of the month, so it is not known whether the United Way of Central Maryland will reach its goal of $40 million.

The United Way distributes money to more than 300 nonprofit agencies serving an estimated 1 million people in the Baltimore area.

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